Congress Sees Approval of Clean Water Act Soon

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Congress Sees Approval of Clean Water Act Soon


Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ

Congress is optimistic that it would pass the Clean Water Act after the Lenten season.

Several consultations with different sectors and concerned agencies were conducted to strengthen the Clean Water Act.

Among the sectors consulted were industry, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies implementing environmental laws, rules and regulations.

Roselita Paloma, committee secretary of the House Committee on Ecology with assistance from the United States Agency for Environmental Protection (USAEP), conducted the consultations.

The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc, (PHILEXPORT) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) led the industry delegates in the consultation to identify the possible challenges that will be faced by the Clean Water Act in the implementation stage.

Some of the outstanding issues raised were the incentives scheme and the funding or budget requirements of the bill The budget or funding requirements for the implementation of the Act should be addressed by the bill to avoid problems in the implementation. As we have experienced in the past, most of the laws remain unimplemented because of budgetary constraints of government, said Oscar Barrera, chairman of the PHILEXPORT Committee on Environment.

PCCI environment committee chairman, Jesus Reyes said that incentives should also be provided in the bill in whatever form that the legislators deem it applicable to encourage concerned parties to comply with the law. …

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